About Chickenpox


What it is

Chickenpox is a mild but infectious disease that is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. It can be caught all year round but infections usually peak between March and May. Nine out of ten children in the UK will catch it before adolescence – most before they are 5 years old.1

The virus is spread easily through touching broken chickenpox blisters and also by coughs and sneezes. Children are infectious days before the rash appears until the last blister crusts over. The time from actually catching chickenpox to the first symptoms appearing can be 10-21 days, this is called the incubation period.


It is possible to catch chickenpox more than once but this is very rare. This is because our immune systems make antibodies that fight and overcome the virus. Both then stay in our bodies for the rest of our lives.


The first symptoms are often feeling sick, fever (temperature), loss of appetite and generally feeling unwell. Younger children may just seem grouchy. These symptoms are followed a couple of days later by a red rash that looks like clusters of pimples or insect bites. The rash can appear anywhere on the body and face including behind their ears, on their scalp and even the soles of their feet.



Within a few hours, these small spots develop into fluid-filled blisters that can be very itchy. This is often the most distressing aspect for both parent and child with parents worrying that the ITCH, SCRATCH, INFECTION cycle might lead to permanent scarring. After a couple of days, the blisters should scab over and dry up but new blisters can appear for several days so it is likely to be 5-6 days between the first spots appearing and the final blister crusting over. That’s a long time to be itchy.

If you feel confident your child’s symptoms are chickenpox, don’t visit your GP. Contact your pharmacist by telephone or visit without the child to prevent infecting vulnerable members of the public.

Chickenpox made easy with Dr Sarah Jarvis


Watching a short video about self-treatment of chickenpox is often more convenient and easier to follow than referring to a written manual.

Click here to view our series of chickenpox videos presented by Dr Sarah Jarvis

Chickenpox made easy with Dr Sarah Jarvis
Dr Jarvis gives some straightforward advice about managing chickenpox and lays out 10 golden rules to follow.
4.26 Minutes

A Revolutionary Treatment


Traditionally, all sorts of treatments have been tried including fitting mittens, taking coldwater baths, putting oatmeal in the bath, applying calamine lotion or taking antihistamines and painkillers – none of which were originally intended to deal with the chickenpox itch.

Now there is an easier and much better way to stop little hands from scratching. Care ViraSoothe Chickenpox Relief Cooling Gel and Spray Gel are specifically formulated to treat chickenpox itch in small children. They are non-messy, odourless, suitable for children from 6 months, available in both cooling gel and spray gel formats and can be used on both body and face.


Breakthrough treatment

Care ViraSoothe contains OsmoCare – a revolutionary technology that works by a process called osmosis. Water is drawn from the dermis (lower level of the skin) into the epidermis (upper level of the skin). As this evaporates, it provides a cooling effect that helps to relieve the itch – helping to prevent scratching. Care ViraSoothe also helps to moisturise the skin, soothing it and helping to support the skin’s own natural healing process, reducing the chance of scarring.


Easy to use


Instructions for gel use

To apply the gel, hands should first be washed and dried. A small amount of gel should be squeezed out of the tube and then rubbed into the affected area of the skin sparingly with a light massaging action.


Instructions for spray gel use

To apply the spray gel, hands should first be washed and dried. Unlock the trigger by twisting the plastic lock. Holding the bottle approximately 10cms from the skin, spray the gel onto the skin.


If required, gently rub the gel into the affected area with a light massaging action. Application to the face can be best achieved by applying onto your hand and gently rubbing it in the normal way.

Contact with the eyes should be avoided. After applying, hands should then be washed again. It should be applied two or three times a day or whenever relief is needed.

Clinically proven



With Healthcare Professionals

Care ViraSoothe has been clinically proven to relieve the irritating symptoms of chickenpox.


In a clinical trial, children with chickenpox between the ages of 6 months and twelve years were treated with Care ViraSoothe.

The gel was applied to itchy spots and the reduction of the itch was recorded twice a day. Nurses who were involved in the trial felt Care ViraSoothe was ‘very effective’ in relieving chickenpox symptoms and said they would recommend it for children with chickenpox in the future.

With other mums

Ultimately, the most important test of any remedy is how well it works in use. Care ViraSoothe has now been available for several years and worried mums all over the UK have been pleased to discover that, unlike many traditional remedies, it can be relied on to work.




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